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Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Laura Burney
... Martin Burney
... Ben Woodward
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Chloe Williams
... Fleishman
... Dr. Rissner
... Locke
... Julie
Harley Venton ... Garber
... Woman on Bus
Sandi Shackelford ... Edna
... Mrs. Nepper (as Bonnie Cook)
Graham Harrington ... Minister
... Theater Student (as John David Ward)
Sharon J. Robinson ... Sharon (the Nurse)
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Storyline

Laura and Martin have been married for four years. They seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality of their house- hold, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead he will stop at nothing to find and kill her. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Self-Defense is not murder See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for wife abuse terror and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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8 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dormindo com o Inimigo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,777,943, 10 February 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,599,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,999,005
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Trivia

The two cinema movies that actor Kevin Anderson appeared in that were first released in the year of 1991 were both suspense thrillers. The films were Liebestraum (1991) and Sleeping with the Enemy (1991). See more »

Goofs

As Martin brings Laura her coat right before they go sailing, you can hear a distinct clatter in the background. But neither Martin nor Laura could have made the sound. See more »

Quotes

Martin: I can't live without you. And I won't let you live without me.
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Connections

Referenced in Tatort: Tödliche Tagung (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

THE JET SONG
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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My First Julia Roberts Movie
16 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Unlike some, I LIKE this lady and this is my favourite film of hers. After watching it for the nth time I was moved to buy the book on which it is based and this is a far more complex affair than the film, which simplifies everything and leaves out several characters altogether. I think Nancy Price did a far better job of studying an abused wife, who never really stopped loving her brute of a husband, than the makers of the film. It depicts Sara/Laura as a far more interesting character than the somewhat insipid Julia Roberts version.

If you have read the book, then some little touches in the film (i.e. - African Violets) become clearer.


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